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Reviewed 17 July 2012

I stayed at this hotel with my family at the beginning of July. Admittedly, a great deal of the hotel guests were a lot older than expected (as mentioned in previous reviews) but I fail to see how this is a flaw in the hotel. This only meant that there was less rowdy behaviour around the pool, and it was easier to get a sunbed! Saying that, we only stayed around the pool for one of the days- with the beach right on your doorstep it seems pointless to not take full advantage of it! The beach is fantastic, even if the water is a little cold. If you rent two sunbeds and a umbrella for the day it is 8 euros, and you can spend the entire day there as cafes/restaurants are only a stone's throw away. The vendors that have previously been moaned about are at times, a little pushy, but if you are frank with them they go away immediately. In fact, many of them are very amusing!

Around the surrounding area of the hotel, there are lots of places to eat/drink but I would suggest walking a little bit further to reach the Marina. It is a far nicer place to sit and watch the world go by, or even go to some bars. We tried a few restaurants, including 'Gaucho' which served lovely steaks, and 'Metro' which is nice both for meals and for casual drinks. The area itself livens up even more so after eleven, where bars such as 'Mombosa' welcome you in, with plenty of drinks deals, music and shisha. Would really recommend that bar, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere excellent. Also, unexpectedly there was an Ice Bar near there, only 5euros to get in with a free cocktail too and it's something different! Two of my group were in our twenties, so we walked up to an area called the 24hour square, which is about 5 minutes up the hill from the Marina.

This place is perfect for the late teens/early adults and even stag/hen dos were there! There's a series of bars and clubs, and just as it says on the tin, it goes on till about 8 in the morning.

The hotel itself was excellent, as we were half board we got to try both what breakfast and dinner had to offer, and there was always something we all liked. The various choices for breakfast were for example: cereal, pancakes, fry up, fresh fruit, cakes, bagels. Dinner always had a salad bar, and then meals such as : pasta, pizza, veal, chicken, potatoes, lasagna, paella, chicken nuggets, cold meat section. Plus plenty of desserts! I fail to see how anyone can complain about the selection, at a buffet one cannot expect to have Michelin star food!

The rooms were clean, and a maid came every single day in the morning without fail. Air conditioning always worked, but the rooms were cool enough even without it. The staff were friendly enough, and the holiday went mostly without a hitch! Would definitely come again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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11  Thank Ria771
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Agree with most of the recent reviews. Good location for beach although allow for 20-30 min walk to marina area which is most sophisticated place to go for drink in evening (some of Benalmadena is like Blackpool). Hotel as I said in title is small, with small rooms and small public areas. Entertainment very low key but Benalmadena has a lot going on so this is no issue. Pool is very small and shaded and old fashioned but great beach across the road if that's your thing. Hotel on VERY busy main road with lots of traffic. Air con in rooms minimal but leave your Tesco club card in slot all day and get the room cool enough - also keep black out curtain shut to keep room cool. NB NO beach towels included so remember to take some or buy locally at approx Euro10 each. Food quality pretty good. Nothing to fault at breakfast everything from fruit to fried! Some evenings lacked variety. Things like this that justify lowering the star awarded to perhaps 3 or 3+. We went 1st week July and agree most people there were aged 60ish. Probably would not return unless we had a bargain which on this occasion we certainly did not!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the side of pool with side sea view. Request high floor for view and security. Quite pleasant sunny balcony after shower for drink before dinner!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Frequent_flyerUK
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Stayed in this hotel for two weeks in June on half board basis, we were impressed with the quality of the hotel very clean good food excellent staff in the bar and dining area, near the beach, near to bus service, do try the trains though. booked again for next year and would recommend this hotel to others

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank vivianhodgson
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Amazing location just across the road from the beach but that is really where the good points end. Hotel tired and dated. Rooms spacious but rough around the edges. Seems like repairs have been left unattended to for years. The bathroom door and frame was damaged and rotting. it should have been completely replaced. And an awful smell came intermittently from the bathroom. The pool is small and insignificant. The children refused to even try it out. The staff were friendly especially the restaurant staff. The food in the restaurant was bland and tasteless with no real variation each day. We ended up eating out towards the end of our stay. Breakfast ok! Bar area clean but dated with inferior air conditioning. Entertainment woeful and aimed at 80 year olds. This is not a 4 star hotel. I would say it was just about an average 3 star at best. This is not a family oriented hotel. There is a serious lack of facilities for children and younger people. I would not return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

I arrived back on the 8th July. I know people before my visit have enjoyed their holiday and have said they would go back and I’m glad they had a good time but would we 'NO'. We made the most of our holiday but we would not return to this area again. We were told of the pickpockets in the streets, saw some at the bus stops and in the market only after being told by a local that they were there. The hotel is in a great position, the food was good and the place spotless as you would expect in 2012. We arrived later than expected so we missed dinner but were told that we could have lunch the following day. We didn’t want to do this as we would be out all day so I asked if we could have lunch the following Sunday, the day we would be returning home and they said yes not a problem.
We were given room 118 which was on the sunny side of the hotel so we got the afternoon and evening sun which was nice to be able to dry our swim things. It was more ground floor than 1st floor and the room was a bit small but we didn’t mind as we were out most of the time and only used it to shower and sleep in. The beds were fine for us although we had to close the curtains to dress because of the office staff opposite and the walk way. The office staff and anyone else walking past seemed looks in so just think of ‘YouTube’, you may see yourself on there one day without knowing you’re being filmed. Some may find it a funny thing to do!
Because the air con was rubbish and it was giving us a sort throat every morning we decided to leave the balcony door open (a few people had the same problem). We took a chance which was a bit silly thinking of it now and left the balcony doors open all night. In the pool the next day I was talking to a women and she asked if I had seen the guards walking around the hotel (yes I had and wondered why), she told me that an older couple had left their baloney door open and they were woken by two men that had gotten over the wall. Made sure the doors were locked after!! 2 men and a woman sitting at a table outside, (nothing unusual there), I went past the bar to the loo and a woman was telling the barman that she overheard these people talking about who was the best person to steal from. Starting to feel unsafe! Is there any control over who is let in this hotel and who is walking around it? AND, while sitting by the pool, another couple told us that they had just had their phone taken from their bag. The husband went to get a drink leaving the wife on her own, a young man came over to talk to her and when the husband returned and went to put his wallet back in the bag he saw it was open and his phone had gone. It happened so quickly. Are people just walking off the street and using the pool? The sellers going past the bars, along the streets and on the beach are never ending, I’ve never seen so many which is why (we think) one night, the police came and gathered them all up and took them away. Back the next night!! The bus drivers are rude and unhelpful, when people ask questions they shouted at them in Spanish and I saw one driver pushed a English woman away rather too firmly while shouting at her. I’m sad to have to say it but this was pretty much what we found it to be like the whole week, aggressive, rude and miserable people which we have never come across before in Spain. It seemed that everyone was wondering if you were the ones - you know the people that con you so it's best if you keep to yourself.

Room Tip: It seems that people have a problem with most rooms.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank MaggieMay059
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